- fire [fīr]n.[ME fyr < OE, akin to Ger feuer < IE base * pewōr- > Gr pyra, PYRE, Czech pýř, glowing embers]1. the active principle of burning, characterized by the heat and light of combustion2. fuel burning in a furnace, fireplace, etc.3. an instance of burning that is undesired, uncontrolled, and destructive [a forest fire]4. any preparation that will burn and make a brilliant display [Greek fire]5.a) anything like fire, as in heat or brillianceb) firelike brilliance6. death, torture, or trial by burning7. extreme suffering or distress that tries one's endurance; tribulation or ordeal8. a feverish or inflamed condition of the body9. strong feeling; excitement; ardor [a speech full of fire]10. vivid imagination11.a) a discharge of firearms or artillery; shootingb) anything like this in speed and continuity of action [a fire of criticism]vt.fired, firing [ME firen < OE fyrian]1. to apply fire to; make burn; ignite2. to supply with fuel; tend the fire of [to fire a furnace]3. to bake (bricks, pottery, etc.) in a kiln4. to dry by heat5. to make bright or illuminate, as if by fire6.a) to animate or inspireb) to excite, stimulate, or inflame: often with up7.a) to shoot or discharge (a gun, bullet, etc.)b) to make explode by igniting8. to hurl or direct with force and suddenness [fire a rock, fire questions ]☆ 9. [pun on discharge] to dismiss from a position; dischargevi.1. to start burning; flame2. to tend a fire3. to become excited or aroused4. to react in a specified way to firing in a kiln [a glaze that fires bright blue]5. to shoot a firearm6. to discharge a projectile [the gun fired]7. to become yellow prematurely, as corn or grain——————between two firesbetween two attacks; shot at, criticized, etc. from both sides——————catch on fire or catch fireto begin burning; ignite——————fire awayInformal to begin; start, esp. to talk or ask questions——————fire up1. to start a fire in a furnace, stove, etc.2. to start or warm up (an engine, etc.)3. to become suddenly angry——————go through fire and waterto undergo great difficulties or dangers——————miss fire1. to fail to fire, as a gun2. to fail in an attempt——————on fire1. burning2. greatly excited; full of ardor——————open fire1. to begin to shoot2. to begin; start——————play with fireto do something risky——————set fire toto make burn; ignite——————set the world on fireto become famous through brilliant achievements——————strike fireto make a spark, as with tinder——————take fire1. to begin to burn2. to become excited——————under fire1. under attack, as by gunfire2. subjected to criticism, etc.firern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.